Destructiveness of Jealousy Depicted in Lord of the Flies and Woman Warrior

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Within playwright William Shakespeare’s fantastic work The Merchant of Venice, the character Iago cries out, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green ey’d monster” (Enotes). Jealousy is justly called a beast, and it is a hideous creature that is illuminated in William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies, and by Woman Warrior, the memoir of Maxine Hong Kingston. Through the use of the literary elements of plots, characters, symbols, and additional plots, both pieces illustrate how, by torturing people and driving them to rash decisions, jealousy is the most destructive emotion.

Jealousy builds up in a plot until it explodes, like a bomb, through the trouble that it induces. In The Lord of the Flies, Jack and Ralph both
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Jealousy does not completely destroy Maxine’s sense of rationality, but it still drives her to harm the other girl, destroying one human through another.

All humans experience jealousy, so it is only natural that the characters from both works burn with envy at some point. “At the Western Palace” is the section of Woman Warrior in which Moon Orchid comes to the U.S.A. to find that her husband took a second wife. Jealousy digs its claws into her heart, and her sister Brave Orchid works to keep it there. In a story to convince Moon Orchid that the second wife is a treacherous fiend to overthrow, Brave Orchid says, “‘The Empress of the West would connive for power’” (Kingston 143). This quote illustrates the destructive blindness that jealousy brings to make Moon Orchid believe this tale, because it persuades her to connive for the power and authority of being the “Big Wife.” Not only does it blind, but the vile emotion also drives Moon Orchid into becoming a crazy woman. Moon Orchid, with her wishy-washy manner, is similar in many ways to Piggy, and jealousy is sewn into both of their characters. In the beginning of Golding’s novel, Ralph and Piggy swim together at the beach. “Piggy appeared again, sat on the rocky ledge, and watched Ralph’s green and white body enviously” (Golding 12). This envy could easily destroy Piggy’s relationship with Ralph, but he acts differently than Moon Orchid. Piggy closes the green eyes of jealousy and

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